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Liberal Arts

Entry Year: 2022

6 study options

Liberal Arts BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V901
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Liberal Arts with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V902
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Liberal Arts with Year in Industry BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V903
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Liberal Arts with Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V904
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Liberal Arts with Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V905
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Liberal Arts with Year in Industry and Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V906
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Overview

Our new BA in Liberal Arts combines the expertise of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to provide a unique multi-disciplinary programme at central London's only campus-based university.

This programme combines an innovative and research-driven curriculum grounded within the distinct, established areas of academic specialisation and excellence found within the constituent schools of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The programme provides distinct tracks or 'majors' that facilitate greater flexibility in module choice and a broader basis than in degrees in single or joint subjects, alongside the development of an intellectual and disciplinary focus as you progress through your degree. You will benefit from engaging with a range of subjects from different disciplinary perspectives, including the study of a foreign language during your first year (whether as a beginner or building on existing competence). As well as practical language study, you will work on related aspects of literature, culture, history, society and linguistics.

The three themes include:

  1. Language and Culture. This area involves the continued study of a modern language in each year. As a compulsory part of the programme for all students taking this major or minor, you spend a year abroad, in a country or countries where the language you are studying is spoken. You can study at a university, or take up a work placement (opportunities vary). If you have pursued the Language and Culture major, you will also have a good understanding of related culture and society.
  2. Global Cultures. This area spans comparative cultural and intercultural studies, as well as area studies of specific regions and nations from all over the world, both contemporary and historical.
  3. Interactions: Societies and Cities. This area takes in social science and ideological and critical approaches to human activity, together with metropolitan studies including modules in which you can use London as a resource for exploring contemporary issues, from a range of disciplines.

Our BA Liberal Arts programme combines the academic expertise across the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film together with the School of English and Drama, the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Geography, the School of History and the School of Economics and Finance.

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Structure

The programme is organised around Liberal Arts compulsory modules and seminars in the first and second years, and culminates in a unique research project drawing on expert supervision. Alongside choosing from the three themes as major and minor specialisms, the BA Liberal Arts programme also includes Discovery modules, which enable you to explore new themes and forms of study beyond your major and minor choices.

Year 1

The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. Within your first year of BA study (second year for foundation students), students will study across all tracks and be supported by an academic advisor to select the best major and minor routes for their following years. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks.

Language and Culture Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese. Any other languages to be taught in future to Honours level within MLC will also be offered). Each of these languages can be taken ab initio (with a GCSE in any language) or post A-level. Post-GCSE and native/heritage speaker pathways are also available.
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language
  • 15 credits option from Global Cultures
  • 15 credits option from Interactions: Societies and Cities
  • 15 credits option from any of the three tracks
  • 15 credits Discovery module

Language and Culture Major / Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese. Any other languages to be taught in future to Honours level within MLC will also be offered). Each of these languages can be taken ab initio (with a GCSE in any language) or post A-level. Post-GCSE and native/heritage speaker pathways are also available.
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language 
  • 15 credits option from Global Cultures
  • 15 credits option from Interactions: Societies and Cities
  • 15 credits option from any of the three tracks
  • 15 credits Discovery module

Global Cultures Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese. Any other languages to be taught in future to Honours level within MLC will also be offered). Each of these languages can be taken ab initio (with a GCSE in any language) or post A-level. Post-GCSE and native/heritage speaker pathways are also available.
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language
  • 15 credits option from Global Cultures area
  • 15 credits option from Interactions: Societies and Cities
  • 15 credits option from any of the three tracks
  • 15 credits Discovery module

Interactions: Society and the City Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese. Any other languages to be taught in future to Honours level within MLC will also be offered). Each of these languages can be taken ab initio (with a GCSE in any language) or post A-level. Post-GCSE and native/heritage speaker pathways are also available.
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language
  • 15 credits option from Global Cultures area
  • 15 credits option from Interactions: Societies and Cities
  • 15 credits option from any of the three tracks
  • 15 credits Discovery module

Global Cultures Major/ Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese. Any other languages to be taught in future to Honours level within MLC will also be offered). Each of these languages can be taken ab initio (with a GCSE in any language) or post A-level. Post-GCSE and native/heritage speaker pathways are also available.
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language
  • 15 credits option from Global Cultures area
  • 15 credits option from Interactions: Societies and Cities
  • 15 credits option from any of the three tracks
  • 15 credits Discovery module

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks.

Language and Culture Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year)
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory modules:
  1. Thinking, Writing and Research across Cultures
  2. Race and Racism in European Culture
  • 15 credit option from Major area (Example: Contemporary German Studies II: Berlin Cultures)
  • 15-30 credits option(s) from Minor area (Example: Madness Past and Present and/or Performing Illness and Disability)
  • 15 credits option from third area and/or Discovery module (Example: Economic Geographies; Interactions: Societies and Cities module)

Language and Culture Major / Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: French II)
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory modules:
  1. Thinking, Writing and Research across Cultures
  2. Race and Racism in European Culture
  • 15-30 credit options from Major area (Example: Art in France: Manet to Picasso)
  • 15-30 credits option(s) from Minor area (Example: The UK and the EU)
  • 15 credit option from third area or Discovery module (Examples: Literature and Philosophy OR How Do You Know? From the Culture of Facts to Post-Truth Society (16th-21st Centuries)

Global Cultures Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: Portuguese II Intensive)
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory modules:
  1. Thinking, Writing and Research across Cultures
  2. Race and Racism in European Culture
  • 30-60 credits Major area option modules* (Examples: Colonial Power and Desire: Narratives of Dissent in Portugal and Brazil /
    Colonial Literatures, Post-colonial Perspectives / South African Theatre and Performance)
  • 15 credits third area option module (Example: International Politics of the Developing World)

*(15 credits Discovery or Modern Language and Culture module if only 30 credits in Major area have been selected and if no Modern Language and Culture module additional to the 30 credit compulsory language module is selected at either Level 4 or Level 6)

Not taken, as 45 credits are already being taken in the Major area: but the 15 credits for COM5036 could alternatively be counted as Modern Language minor credits as the same module runs at Level 4 in that area as POR5036)

Interactions: Society and the City Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: Russian II)
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory modules:
  1. Thinking, Writing and Research across Cultures
  2. Race and Racism in European Culture
  • 30-60 credits Major area option modules* (Examples: Modernity: Theories of the State, Economy, Society / Human Rights in History: Origins, Foundations, Prospects)
  • 15 credits third area option module (Example: The East in the West)

(15 credits Discovery or Modern Language and Culture module if only 30 credits in Major area have been taken and if no Modern Language and Culture module additional to the 30 credit compulsory language module is selected at either Level 4 or Level 6)

Not taken, as 45 credits are already being taken in the Major area; and a 15-credit module was taken for Modern Language Minor credits at Level 4.

Global Cultures Major/ Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory modules:
  1. Thinking, Writing and Research across Cultures
  2. Race and Racism in European Culture 
  • 30-60 credits from Major area (Examples: Violence in Early Modern Europe / Colonial Lives and Afterlives / Facts and Fictions of Climate Change)
  • 15-45 credits from Minor area (Examples: US Politics/ Human Rights in History)
  • 15 credits Discovery module: London and its Museums

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks.

Language and Culture Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • xxx

Language and Culture Major / Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • xxx

Global Cultures Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • xxx

Interactions: Society and the City Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • xxx

Global Cultures Major/ Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • xxx

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

You can choose to pursue a language specialisation through your degree as either a major or minor area, or replace it with a different specialisation from the second year (third for those taking a foundation year) onwards. You can also spend the third year of the four-year version of the degree (fourth of fifth for those taking the foundation year) on an international exchange with one of our partner universities. The four-year option is compulsory for those taking a modern languages as a major or minor, but open to you whether or not you opt in your second year for a modern language in your major or minor area: you can participate in academic, business or industry placements during the third year (fourth for those taking a foundation year) as part of our longestablished Year Abroad scheme, in which QMUL has developed partnerships and exchanges with a range of leading international universities. All languages are available to incoming students up to Native/Heritage speaker level. All incoming students do a language placement 'exercise' prior to the start of the semester. The language convenor will discuss the outcome with students who perform at or near native-speaker level, and ensure that they are placed appropriately.

In your second year (third for those taking a foundation year), you choose to specialise in a major area and a minor area of study, which will define the focal points of your whole degree. There are three areas: you will sample all of these in your first year (second for those taking a foundation year). Each area contains many option modules from several disciplines and departments, taught by specialist researchers and teachers in those fields.

Entry requirements

BTEC

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Whichever of these area specialisations you may have chosen, you will develop a wide range of skills and you will cover a wider range of topics and approaches than in a typical single or joint honours degree.

As a student on the BA Liberal Arts programme, you will also improve your abilities to analyse material, present arguments underpinned by evidence, evaluate different views and approaches to a subject, and express yourself effectively both orally and in writing.

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Liberal Arts - BA (Hons)

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.